Engineering firm Bechtel has signed a strategic partnership with Gatwick Airport to deliver the airport’s second runway by 2025.
Bechtel has been working with the airport for the past two years to develop a delivery programme, execution plan and logistics strategy to support the delivery of a second runway and midfield terminal.
The engineering firm has also confirmed that the airport expansion is low risk and benefits from minimal critical interfaces with existing infrastructure, and can be delivered by 2025.
Bechtel’s general manager for infrastructure in Europe, Africa and Middle East Amjad Bangash said: “We are delighted to be confirmed as Gatwick Airport’s partner for the second runway programme.
“We have provided Gatwick with robust plans for a second runway and are confident that this low risk project can be built to the highest quality, safely and sustainably — and that it can be operational by 2025.”
Bechtel, working alongside Architect Sir Terry Farrell, will manage the project — if approved by the government.
Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick expansion can happen quickly, because it is simple and low risk with a dramatically lower environmental impact. A bigger Gatwick would generate the new long haul routes and the economic boost that Britain needs. It’s time for Gatwick to deliver the certainty and growth the UK needs.”